Number of homes destroyed by Black Forest Fire grows to 511

Fire declared 100% contained Thursday

BLACK FOREST, Colo. - Although the Black Forest Fire was declared fully contained Thursday, the ongoing assessment of the fire's damage has found two more homes that are a total loss.

The new total number of homes lost to the fire is 511 and 28 others were partially damaged. Those numbers exceeded the record set by the Waldo Canyon Fire last year, making the Black Forest Fire the most destructive in state history.

A footnote in the latest assessment, however, cautions that the data is still preliminary.

The fire was declared 100 percent contained Thursday.

It burned 14,280 acres in Black Forest, north of Colorado Springs. At last report, investigators were meticulously searching a 28-square-foot area for the cause.

The cost of fighting the fire grew to more than $8.5 million, according to Incident Commander Rich Harvey.

-- Link to the latest fire damage assessment: http://www.epcsheriff.com/bff/Black%20Forest%20Fire%20-%20Residences.pdf